2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil — opening ceremony


Best pictures from the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo. Brazil kicked off its home World Cup with a football-style carnival. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte bounced around a giant stage resembling a peeled melon singing ‘We Are One’ on Brazil’s Valentine’s Day.

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Kings XI Punjab were the best side of IPL 2014: Shahrukh Khan


Priety Zinta (left) and Shahrukh Khan. File Photo

Priety Zinta (left) and Shahrukh Khan. File Photo

Kolkata Knight Riders won the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 in a thrilling finale against Kings XI Punjab at Bangalore and their owner Shahrukh Khan’s joy knew no bounds. He dedicated the victory to his youngest son Abram. But, during the victory celebrations, he was seen sporting the Kings XI Punjab jersey.
Shahrukh is close friends with Priety Zinta, the owner of the Punjab team. He said after the game on Sony Six, “The reason I am wearing this jersey (KXIP) is because Kings XI Punjab is the best team in the IPL.”
Punjab have dominated all teams in the IPL 2014 except for Kolkata and the Mumbai Indians. They had fancied their chances in the final when they scored 199, but Manish Pandey’s innings helped script a tremendous run-chase.

Samsung unveils waterproof Galaxy S4 Active


Technology giant Samsung Electronics has unveiled the waterproof version of its Galaxy S4 smartphone. This comes as a confirmation of the rumours that were doing the rounds from quite some time.samsungs4-story_350_060613124848

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a complete waterproof handset as it can function under the water for half an hour. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active comes with Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 processor and runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

Aqua Mode option in Samsung Galaxy S4 Active makes it possible to take clear underwater images. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is set to compete with the recently launched Sony Xperia Z.

Samsung Electronics is riding high on the success of its flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 as the device has become the fastest selling Android phone. The South Korean technology firm has claimed that global sales of its Galaxy S4 smartphone have crossed 10 million units in less than a month of its commercial launch.

Scottish Football – Shirt number controversy in Scotland


Dundee United manager Peter Houston has apologised to Hibernian fans for allowing new signing Rudi Skacel to choose shirt number 51

The Czech winger opted for the digits as a tribute to former club Hearts’ 5-1 win over Edinburgh rivals Hibs in the Scottish Cup final. Skacel had been training with his old club – who are now under a transfer embargo until Christmas – before penning a short-term deal with United on Friday.

Houston claims he had no idea of the significance of the squad number until it was too late.

Speaking after a 1-0 win over St Mirren in the SPL, he said: “It’s not my style to upset people. I said there were a few numbers available and he asked for 51.

“Call me naive but Gary Hooper wears 88 and Victor Wanyama wears 67 and I never thought of 51 being 5-1. Trust me when I say that.

“It’s registered straight away and, once you register it, you can’t go back on it. I apologise to the Hibs fans. If I’d known, I wouldn’t have given him the number. I’m not in the habit of trying to wind people up or noise other clubs up. Hibs are a fantastic club.”

Skacel came off the bench for the final 25 minutes in Paisley, with a Johnny Russell penalty in the second half securing the narrow win.

Houston added: “We’ve got Rudi until the end of January. I’m sure he’s a player we’d like to keep. He was brilliant in negotiations, he’s on nowhere near the kind of money he was probably on at Hearts. All he wants to do is play.

“Where I’ve got it wrong is letting him pick the 51 without switching on to it.”

Chelsea steward hospitalized after crowd surge


LONDON — Chelsea says a steward has been hospitalized after being injured in a crowd surge at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League match against Manchester United.

The London club is also investigating if objects were hurled toward the pitch by fans. Chelsea spokesman Steve Atkins says a male steward was crushed during a surge by home fans after Javier Hernandez’s winner for Man United on Sunday. He appeared to have twisted a knee after falling to the ground.

Atkins says “we are investigating all the incidents around that time,” including “reports of objects that may have been thrown or incidents around the steward taking a fall.” Hernandez scored in the 75th minute to give United a 3-2 win and end Chelsea’s unbeaten start in the league.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, center, celebrates his goal against Chelsea during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.